Application and Admission Process

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Getting Started

Interested students are highly encouraged to meet with program management or attend an informational session. Please contact program management to set up a meeting or learn the dates of upcoming informational sessions.

When to Apply

  • Applications for fall semester are due in February (e.g., applications for the Fall 2021 program are due in February 2021).
  • Applications for spring semester are due in August the year prior (e.g., applications for Spring 2022 are due in August 2021).

What to Include

When applying for any of these programs, a student will need to provide an explanation of why he or she wants to participate in the program. Students can intern at startups across the country on their own, so let us know what’s driving you to be part of these programs.

You’ll need to share a link to your LinkedIn profile, your resume, and ensure you have at least a 2.25 GPA*, as this is required by Miami University for all Study Abroad and Study Away programs. You will also be required to release your disciplinary history to program staff as part of your application. Having a disciplinary history does not disqualify you from the application process and is taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis.

*Students with a GPA between a 2.0 and 2.25 may complete a petition to apply to the program. Students with a GPA below a 2.0 may not participate in the program. If a student’s GPA drops below a 2.0 between the time the student is accepted into the program and the time that the student participates, he or she will no longer be able to participate and forfeits any funds already paid toward program participation.

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Application FAQ

Are there any prerequisites?

Students are required to take any two of the following courses in preparation for the Digital Innovation Programs:

  • IMS 418: Social Media Marketing
  • IMS/MKT 419: Digital Branding
  • IMS 421: Product Management
  • ESP 201: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Business Models
  • CSE 383: Web Application Programming

Students do not need to take these courses before applying to the program, but must take them before participation. Consideration may be given for evidence of significant work experience.

Upon acceptance, all students will be enrolled in IMS 278, a 1-credit course including program orientation, LinkedIn & resume workshops and more.

How many applications do you receive each semester?

The number of applications we receive varies, but typically increases each semester. Not all students are accepted into the program.

How many students are selected?

The number of selected students is based on the number of qualified applicants. However, the largest number of students we have accepted to any one program is 28 students.

What is the application process like?

Students typically apply about a year before they wish to participate. The application requires a student to explain why he or she is interested in participating in the program, provide his or her resume and link to LinkedIn profile and upload his or her DAR. We also ask students how they have heard about the program, what their class year will be during their semester of participation, if they have a preference for a city and their preferred internship category (marketing, design or programming).

Once an application is completed, a student will then sign up for an in-person interview with the program staff. Dress for this interview should be business casual. During this interview, students will be asked to talk more about their interest in the program, what types of responsibilities they would like at an internship and how they would handle various work-related situations.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

Students are typically notified within a few days to a week of their interview. They will be asked to confirm acceptance within about 1 week of receiving the offer of acceptance.

Is there a waitlist?

Based on the number and strength of applications received for any particular program each semester, a waitlist may be created. Students who are placed on the waitlist will be notified regarding their application status once responses have been received for all initial offers.

Can I apply to the program in more than one city?

You will be asked to rank each city in the order you prefer. If you have an interest in only one city, then this should be noted in your application.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Program Manager Erin Brandyberry at

Admission Process

Qualified students will be selected for a brief in-person interview with program management. Students will be notified of acceptance shortly after the conclusion of all interviews. We are unable to share any admission decisions until all interviews have been completed.

Applicants who are not accepted into the program may reapply for a future semester or may be considered for other program locations. A student may not apply for the same semester again if his or her first application was not accepted.

If you are interested in applying for a future semester for which applications are not open, please contact program management to be added to the mailing list.